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“Worth the Wait ............ Maybe..” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Squid Shack

The Squid Shack
Emu Point, Albany, Western Australia 6330, Australia
0898449771
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Ranked #42 of 86 Restaurants in Albany
Cuisines: Seafood, Australian
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Takeout
Bunbury, Australia
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“Worth the Wait ............ Maybe..”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Unfortunately we found this place over easter weekend........
So the first night we rocked up, waited in line for 15 mins and then was told it was a 2 hour wait for our an order...
I said i only wanted Chips, she replied thats ok then its Still a 2 hour wait!!!!!!!!! So i left........

Next day we thought we'd try Lunch and skip the cues... Got there Told it was a 1 hour wait..... Yet there wasnt many in the resturant waiting.. So we ordered and sat back and waited for our electronic Disk to light up to acknowledge our order was ready....

Whilst waiting patiently i observed the other customers waiting and it was very obvious that there frustrations were only heightened by the noise of the 4-5 young girls "employees" behind the counter dancing and laughing whilst there "boss" cooked 1 serve at a time in the smallest commercial fryer ive ever seen...

Eventually the Disk went off and the order was ready........

Admittedly it was good fish an chips, the Red emperor was very sweet and u got alot for a serve...

Would i go again knowing i had a 1-2 hour wait?????? probably not.........

and for those who say Why didnt you call ahead an order???????? we tried but after 5ish they dont answer!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Albany, Western Australia, Australia
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6 restaurant reviews
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“Perfect”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

A great gem at Emu Point boat pens in Albany. I don’t really like sharing how good this place is, I’d rather keep it a secret, but if you must go, don’t be in a hurry, because it’s always busy and you might have to wait a bit for your food, but well worth it.

We always have the squid, fish and chips for two ($28), really good with a local dry white wine (take your own) (and your own glasses). You can sit inside or out. In winter there’s even a fire. There’s no fine crockery or cutlery here, it’s all disposable, and be hungry because you’ll get a good feed. The fish is white, flaky, lightly battered and crispy, the chips are French-fry type and the squid is salt & pepper and tender, served with lemon wedges and you help yourself to salt and vinegar. And try the tartare sauce. Then walk it all off with a stroll along the jetties and the beach, perfect.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Yummy fish”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013 via mobile

The 'shack' is plain but the service and fish & chips were magnificent!
The only downside is that the shack closed at 7:00 pm so be early with your orders you won't be sorry!! :)

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Perth
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“good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

been here a few times and each time food is spot on, fresh and tasty, not much else around, you need to take your own drinks (alcoholic ) ,no where to buy any around the area.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Perth, Western Australia
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“Very enjoyable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

Had read previous reviews about popularity and the wait time, so took our bottle wine and were prepared to sit and chat. If you're looking for a restaurant, then this may not be for you ... the squid shack is a very casual, shack like building with long wooden tables/chairs with hanging fish nets above & pull down cafe blinds, but both the inside and outside area were full!!!
We actually only waited about 20 mins, & it was definitely worth it. My husband and I chose a 2 person salt/pepper squid, snapper & chips, which was quite large & definitely more than enough. The squid was beautiful and tender & the snapper, dipped in a light batter, was cooked to perfection. Was very enjoyable and we'll definitely go back when we're down that way again.

Visited March 2013
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